Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A Bright Spark Amidst Gloom

This week, Cascadia Review is publishing one poem of mine every day from Monday through Friday. You can check them out here.

And....tonight I actually received a fan letter! A FAN LETTER!! From the poet Henry Carlile! Here's the link to his page at the Poetry Foundation website: click here.

Needless to say, this certainly made my day. I've been slumping around these past few weeks, adrift in melancholy, mastering the art of moping. I can hear my mother say "Snap out of it!"

Sure, Mom. I'll get right on it.


  1. Wow, T. This is wonderful. (And what did Henry Carlile say? What did he say? No surprise, really, to find he read - as in studied - Theodore Roethke!).

    I find these lines of his searing -

    ". . . I have heard a racing driver tell of hurling his
    life through sudden turns so fast
    he lost himself in stillness,
    became a cipher on the tachometer,
    the blurred shape of a bird in a dream of trees.

    And diving we find a rapture in the depths
    when perceiving our immortality we tear off masks
    and glide naked and glistening to our deaths. "
    (from Endurances by Henry Carlile)

    It's not so easy just to 'snap out of it' --- you seem to me to have a remarkable capacity to find the shimmer in amongst the shadows. xo

  2. Woot! This is exciting! I am going to click on over there --

  3. Wow. Wow. Wow. I'm loving them.